Roderick Thomas has spent over 25 years in higher education and is currently sits on a number the IET committees including Regulation & Standards and Academic Accreditation. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng, since 1998) and elected Fellow of the IET since 2005. Roderick is also an International Expert Witness in Condition Monitoring and a STEM Ambassador. He is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is interested in operations and asset management, is currently supervising three PhD students in related areas, and is a member of the School of Management iLab Research Centre. He is an experienced external PhD examiner and developed a number of new modules at under and post-graduate levels.
He has a PhD in Integrated Condition Monitoring, a Master of Education and aMaster of Philosophy in Predictive Machine Failure. He has also served a 4-year technical apprenticeship with a large manufacturing company.
Previously Roderick was Conference Chairman and Organiser QRM (Quality Reliability and Maintenance) an International Biennial Condition Monitoring Conference hosted at St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford and co-sponsored by the IMechE and the IET. The QRM Proceedings have been published since 1998 and have published in excess of 300 papers including Asset Management, Operations Management, Condition Monitoring Management and Innovation management etc.
He is author of a number of books including the Thermography Handbook published in Oxford, UK, by Coxmoor Publishers. He has written over 40 journal papers and chapters in a number of reference textbooks. He is Technical Industrial Editor, Thermology International Journal, Guest Editor Quality Reliability Engineering International Journal published by Wiley. More recently, Roderick has co-authored journal articles in a number of journals including Creating Entrepreneurial Space: Talking through Multi voices, reflections on emerging debates (Emerald, 2019).
He is passionate about the pastoral and academic care of all his students.